When you hear the word cardio, you probably think of sweat dripping off your forehead while running on the treadmill on your lunch break without having actual food. It’s true though. Cardiovascular exercise, also called aerobic exercise consists of doing activities with oxygen.
This type of exercise hits large muscle groups, including legs, upper body. It requires intense respiration or controlled breathing, and increases heart rate. The most common forms of cardio exercises include walking, running, swimming, cycling, and gym classes. Cardio machines include rower, elliptical, stair climber, bike, treadmill and the like.
Cardio exercise play a critical role in burning burn calories and aid in weight loss. In order to increase the rate of losing weight, it’s advised that you combine it with at least two to three days a week of strength training workouts. The amount of cardio burned in order to lose weight depends on various factors like the current weight, diet, daily activity level, and age.
The formula to lose weight is simple as you need to create a calorie deficit which means that the number of calories consume must less than the amount of calories burn. The amount of weight lost depends on the amount of calories burned during exercises over the course of a week. A counting app is recommended to accurately measure the amount burned and consume. These trackers will allow the input if daily food intake and physical activity throughout the day, then calculate the current calories in/calories out equation.
For the most effective results, you should get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 to 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise each week to create a 3,500-calorie deficit, and lose one pound each week. Muscle strength-training activities that involve all major muscle groups are also recommended at least two days each week for prolonging the results.